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There's nothing quite like mom guilt; from discipline to nutrition, it's easy to feel like you're not doing it right. Parenting is hard! Give yourself a break and try not to worry about these typical mama stressors.
Even with the excitement of the holidays, active kids can sometimes feel dizzy with pent-up energy when 'the weather outside is frightful.' Back away from the TV and counter 'I'm booored' with these ten indoor activities.
As a parent, it's your natural instinct to protect your child. It's part of the animal makeup we're all born with; like a mama bear, you'll do anything to keep your cub safe. Sounds great, but your kid is trying to survive a different type of wild—one filled with science projects, playground wars, and hopefully college down the road. A little breathing room can go a long way in raising a strong, independent child, but many well-intentioned parenting mistakes get in the way. Here are seven things you shouldn't do for your kid:
What site outranks Google in the ratings, tramples Tumblr and leaves LinkedIn in the dust? Pinterest. Moms are the main users—in fact, moms were 61 percent more likely to visit the site than the average American, according to Nielsen report The Digital Lives of American Moms.

Dubbed 'the hottest social media start-up since Facebook and YouTube,' by the 2012 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report, Pinterest is now the third most-visited social networking site in the U.S.—trailing only Facebook and Twitter. With over 17 million users, the site is one of the fastest growing internet and social media sites in the world.

Entirely user-created, Pinterest has plenty of parent pinners who focus on kid-friendly activities, parenting advice and educational ideas. But if you're feeling overwhelmed with all the options, check out our guide to the Pinterest moms you should follow now.
Avoid these seven common mama missteps to turn meltdowns into holiday merrymaking.
Avoid the summer slide with these educational activities and fun ideas for how to keep your kid learning over the summer.
Contrary to Hollywood's version, pregnancy isn't always a walk in the park. Manage your 'expecting' hopes with our list of pregnancy expectations and realities.
Got a kid who isn't into the Santa story? Get our tips to help him avoid ruining Santa Claus (and the Christmas spirit) for other children.
The best teachers know that all kids are complete individuals. While yours might drive you up the wall, chances are that she has some amazing qualities as well. Focus on the good and you might be surprised at how well your little one responds—and sending a treat to his awesome teacher can't hurt either.
Unfortunately, there's no magic spell that keeps you calm under the toughest pressures of parenting. But following these 10 tips will certainly help!
Babies don't come with instructions, so much of being a new mom relies on trial-and-error. Learn how to avoid these common mistakes that new parents make.
New year, new mom ... right? Not always. Despite good intentions, new year resolutions often fall flat. Get our picks for resolutions that any parent can keep!
As much as you'd love your parenting style to be more Mary Poppins than Betty Draper, there are definitely days when your best intentions go out the window. Cranky kids, a lack of patience and your own habits and needs can all get in the way of that perfect parenting moment. Never fear, though; feeling like the worst parent ever happens to everyone. The trick is to take a deep breath, realign your philosophy and try to do better tomorrow.
Amy Chua made headlines in 2011 with the release of her parenting tome, 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom,' a book that detailed her intense and sometimes questionable parenting style. Dubbed the original 'tiger' parent, Chua believes that children need to be pushed, pulled, molded and squashed into success at any cost.

Does this sound like you? If so, you might be labeled as a tiger parent. While Chua blames Western moms and dads for being too 'soft' on their kids, tiger parenting is sometimes so intense that it can have a serious effect on a child's psyche. If the following clues point to your parenting style, it might be time to loosen the reins and give your little one some leeway.
As a parent, there's little you can do to avoid embarrassing your child at some point in their lives. Mitigate awkward (or hurtful) confrontations by avoiding these potentially flush-inducing situations.
Parenting can surprise you at every turn, and no one tells you everything you need to know. Here's a list of seven things you weren't told about parenting.
Parents only have a handful of years with their little ones before full-time schooling starts. Make the most of those days with these tips on how to bond with your preschooler.
The results are in! From the red carpet to 'geek' culture, the hottest baby name trends of 2012 took inspiration from some surprising places.
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